Photographic Events in the Time of COVID (2021)


Social restrictions moved local photographers onto the internet more than ever to exhibit their work. The Salt Spring Photography Club's annual June event, Eclectic Visions, was first held online in 2020. Click below to visit:


EV2020. Video by Jana Zachariou. Cover photo: Judy McPhee.

To begin the club's autumn 2020 season, Avril Kirby has created a virtual exhibition she calls Covid's Silver Lining, addressing the bright side of things (having more free time, etc.):

Covid's Silver Lining. Video by Avril Kirby. Cover photo: Pierre Mineau.

Click to view.


The senior photo group on Salt Spring, Photosynthesis, also hold an annual show, usually in August. In 2020 they too opted for a virtual exhibition, not as a video but rather, as an addition to their website:

Photosynthesis 2020. Web work: Christina Heinemann.

Cover photo: Seth Berkowitz. Click to view.

Individual Photo Club members

Avril Kirby is has made her show at Gallery 8, Conversations with Thomas available online:

Video and photos: Avril Kirby. Click to view.

Pierre Mineau is still exhibiting his collection, 'The Storm', at the Embe coffee shop. This is a series of photos about the great 2018 windstorm. Unfortunately, the shop appears not to be open at this time. 

Other websites

Many members in the Photo Club have their own websites. Some are listed below:

  • Group of Six  link
  •    Larry Citra  link
  •    Kahsia Hartwell  link
  •    Simon Henson 
  •    Ross McLeod  link
  •    Bruce McPhee
  •    Judy McPhee  link
  • Uri Cogan  link
  • Curt Firestone  link
  • Tamar Griggs  link
  • Ramona Lam  link
  • Sam Lightman  link
  • Doug McMillin  link
  • Pierre Mineau  link
  • Wendy Rosier  link
  • Jana Zachariou  link

Social media

Members who are daunted by website creation and maintenance can consider social media: Facebook, Flickr, etc. Here is an example on Instagram: 


Compiled by Doug McMillin

Posted September 3, 2020

Updated 1 August, 2021

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Comment by Avril Kirby on May 5, 2021 at 9:05am

Thanks for posting, Doug!

August minutes

Pierre introduced the new team who will help shape the Club in the future.

Simon Henson

Larry Citra

Maggie Vancik

Roger Brooks

Maureen Milburn

Ellen Vesterdal

Justene Tedder

Plus returning executive members:

Pat Page

Kahsia Hartwell

Wendy Rosier

Anna McColm

This group will infuse some new energy and direction into the Club. Feedback from club members indicates that people would like more interactive educational activities (workshops, classes, small field trips etc.) and maybe a schedule of educational opportunities ahead of time so that people can plan to attend.

The Victoria Camera Club has an external speaker every month and are willing to share their list of speakers so we can participate, at a cost of $5 a person. The club has funds to cover this at the moment. This would require using the  Zoom format (which has worked so well during this Pandemic).

Club meetings will resume in October, giving this new group time to work out their ideas for new directions.

Some people are cautious about in person meetings (because of health issues) and others are ready and able to jump back in. Maybe in person meetings and Zoom meetings can co-exist. Something to talk about.

Maureen has offered to look into a monthly newsletter with, possibly, more coverage than the website offers such as emails, using facebook etc.

Avril would like to see an improved use of the website: more posts, more comments, more helpful critiquing. We might need a refresher course to remind us how to give constructive feedback.

Doug has a show about Covid in September at the library -  in the Community Program Room. He will give a talk on September 7th at Noon. This will be previously unseen material, not the triptychs we have seen on the website.

Photosynthesis has a virtual show coming up, starting on August 31st. Some club members also belong to this photography group.

There is no theme yet for the photography challenge in October but when that is decided it will be communicated to everyone.


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